Huntington Learning Center is pleased to join schools, teachers, librarians and community members in celebrating National Library Week, an observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA). This annual event, held April 7 to 13, 2019, also incorporates daily celebrations to honor some of the most important library workers and announces the release of important publications:
For 2019, the ALA has chosen a theme of “Libraries = Strong Communities.” The Honorary Chair of 2019 National Library Week is Melinda Gates, who is co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. She has invested more than $1 billion through her foundation’s Global Libraries initiative to enhance the power of libraries to promote literacy and improve lives.
Eileen Huntington of Huntington Learning Center says that all types of libraries (school, public, academic and special) are important in society, adding that libraries can transform communities.
“At Huntington, we frequently suggest that parents and children make library visits a regular part of their lives,” she says. “Libraries are gathering places that offer citizens many resources to learn and better themselves. Of course, libraries also help parents lay the foundation for their children’s lifelong literacy and appreciation of books. National Library Week is an important celebration to all of us at Huntington. We encourage our students and their families to support our nation’s libraries this week and always.”
National Library Week was founded in 1958. In the mid-1950s, the ALA and the American Book Publishers formed the National Book Committee, which aimed to encourage people to read in their leisure time. That committee developed a plan for National Library Week, which promoted the support and use of libraries around the country.
While libraries are great places to check out books, magazines and other reading material, Huntington reminds families of the many other uses of libraries:
To learn more about National Library Week and this year’s theme, visit www.ala.org/nlw.
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